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76                                                                 TAI GROUP.

yerl) is not imperative, whereas in Ehamtl (which at the present day stands isolated
amid a sea of Tibeto-Burman languages) the order is as ifr them, subject, ob]ect} verb.
The order of words in an Ahooi sentence will be discussed when dealing with that
language. In all the languages, one rale is almost universal, that is, the position of
tiie adjective after the woi'd it qualifies and of the genitive after the word which
governs it.

It may be pointed out that the typical Tai order of words that given above for
Siamese is the same as that of Khassis but is altogether opposed to the genius of Tibeto-
Burman languages.

AUTHORITIES

A.. On the Tai languages generally.

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Tai-nay (i.e., Siamese) ; Tai-yay (apparently Burmese Shan) , and Tai-loong (apparently Khamti

or Tairqng)
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contains a brief account of the Tai languages

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m two Volumes, Rangoon, 1880    Account of &e Tais mth medal
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BALBS.H, L -Evoft on the C*tou ofBmafor 1891 Rangoon,- 1392 Note by Dr. Cushi- on the
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bcoiT, J G,, AND HAEDTMAH, J P ,-flfttr of Upper *** and the Shan Mates. Rangoon 1900-
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B.  On

BROWN, THE Rev, N , Alphabets of the Ta.% Language, as quoted under Hea^ A       n+0

the Ahom alphabet, and a comparison of th  language iZS the , *m"Maaa* .f
an Ah^i .count of the Cosmogony, of which a fanL^n toX   *
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HODGSON, B # ^Aborigines of the North-East Prontwr    Journal of the

DALTOK, E. T , G S I,t-~Descnptwe Ethnology of Bengal    OaWf IR^O    \T    -,  i
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